Wednesday vote expected in Common Core bill to delay standards

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Updated: 3/05 6:25 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – The bill to delay the Common Core will come to the floor of the assembly on Wednesday.

Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan sponsored the bill and says it's in response to the frustration she's heard from parents, students and educators regarding these new, tougher standards. The bill would stop the upcoming standardized tests based on the Common Core from being tied to teacher evaluations and prohibit school districts from solely using them to determine whether or not to promote a student to the next grade. This would give students and teachers two more years to adjust to the standards.

"Calm some of the fears and relieve some of the stress that's been all stirred up during this whole process," Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin said. "It's not a perfect bill. It's a good step forward."

The bill would also push the State Education Department to look at ways to eliminate some of the standardized testing. However, McLaughlin said it doesn't go far enough and has co-sponsored an amendment that he says he'll introduce after the bill is voted on.

"That would address a lot of the issues that we're having in the classroom," he said. "The stress on the kids, the overheating; that type of thing."

The ammendment would recommend New York to opt out of the Common Core entirely, but that would mean the state could lose the over $700 million it received, so it was voted down.

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